RTI activist, N Murthy, on Sunday stated that allegations were levelled against Bengaluru central prison authorities for providing VIP treatment to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala.
VK Sasikala, who is serving a four-year jail term after being convicted in disproportionate assets case, had managed to get many of the privileges she was not entitled to – including five rooms, a private cook and kitchen space, and an endless stream of visitors.
As per the reports, the information was obtained in an RTI filled by activist N Murthy who said that, “There were allegations against jail authority that they had allotted five rooms to Sasikala. She was entitled to one room as was given instead. In other four rooms, female convicts were staying until 14 Feb 2017. Once Sasikala reached, they were sent out and all 5 rooms were given to her.”
He further added that one person was deputed to cook food for Sasikala when there was no such provision in the first place.
“There’s no provision for cooking food in prison but jail authorities deputed one convict to cook for Sasikala. In her case, the system was ignored. People used to come in groups, go to her room directly and stay for 3-4 hours. There was a violation of rules,” the activist added.
Sasikala is lodged in Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Jail.
She was convicted by the Supreme Court in February 2017, in a disproportionate assets case and is serving a four-year sentence.
Sasikala was earlier granted five days of parole to visit her ailing husband who was discharged from hospital in November 2017. She was granted 15-day parole to attend the final rites of her husband Natarajan Maruthappa in March 2018.